Located on the East coast of the Florida mainland, the island of Palm Beach represents the best of the sunshine state. With nearby cities and towns boasting everything from woodland walking trails to nightclubs, this area has vacation rentals that are suitable for families with children as well as couples and single adults.

Try your hand at fishing on one of the numerous beach piers, or go for a swim and practice snorkeling among the coral reefs. For nature enthusiasts, this area is packed with beautiful wildlife preserves where kids can spot exciting and exotic new types of animals – and, of course, the Palm Beach area also has numerous beaches ranging from secluded to popular and family-friendly. Here are top 12 Palm Beach vacation rental locations.

1. West Palm Beach

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For visitors who want to experience Florida without leaving urban amenities behind, West Palm Beach provides the excitement of a bustling metropolis right next to the relaxation of a beach. A variety of fun nightlife options including live shows, fine dining, and dancing are available to visitors of West Palm Beach, and it’s easy to find vacation rentals situated within walking distance of businesses.

2. Lake Worth

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The historic community of Lake Worth features a city center full of heritage architecture, antique shops, art galleries, and dining establishments ranging from upscale to economy. Kids will love the annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, during which numerous local artists come together to turn the city’s streets into fabulous works of art.

3. Riviera Beach

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The quiet seaside community of Riviera Beach is at the center of Palm Beach County, within easy driving distance of West Palm Beach. If you’re looking for a vacation rental that provides a peaceful atmosphere without being too remote, Riviera Beach delivers. This community has a large marina where boating enthusiasts can set out for the day.

4. Jupiter

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A short distance north of Palm Beach, the town of Jupiter is famous for its lighthouse. Visitors can make a day trip out of climb the historic Monument to take in the breathtaking views of the coast, or enjoy a picnic in one of the lush nature parks in the area. Sports fans will enjoy checking out Roger Dean Stadium which houses both the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals during the spring training season.

5. Wellington

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Located a few miles inland from Palm Beach, Wellington is a city known for its strong equestrian community. Horse lovers will enjoy the many miles of nature trails design specifically for riders of all skill levels, as well as seasonal equestrian spectator sports. If you prefer to stay on your own feet, Wellington also has a number of nature preserves that make for great wildlife spotting.

6. Boynton Beach

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With its beautiful coral reefs, and space for water sports like snorkeling, water-skiing, and parasailing, Boynton Beach is a great spot for families with children, or anyone looking for a more active getaway. With vacation rentals located near an array of options for shopping and dining, this city provides a well-rounded taste of the Florida coast.

7. Delray Beach

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Just south of Palm Beach, Delray Beach has been called the “Most Fun Small Town in America.” This little coastal community is home to Atlantic Avenue, the longest main street in Florida and the perfect spot to take a sunny drive with the top down. Delray is also known for its great public events, including the annual lighting of its 100-foot Christmas tree each winter.

8. Boca Raton

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Often shortened to “Boca,” by locals, Boca Raton is a community known for its involvement in the arts. Whether you’re into painting, sculpture, or music, adults and families will find plenty to get excited about in Boca Raton, as the city is home to numerous art galleries and jazz clubs. In the spring, Boca Raton hosts the annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, featuring a curated selection of performances and visual arts.

9. Palm City

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A short drive north of Palm Beach, Palm City is a suburb of Port St. Lucie, putting vacation rentals in the community in easy distance from big city amenities. Located slightly inland from the beaches, Palm City is the perfect spot for vacationers who want to experience small-town life in Florida with anytime beach access.

10. Deerfield Beach

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Deerfield Beach is a vibrant community with a medium-sized population. The community’s stretch of white sand beach is a well-loved hot spot for surfing and beach volleyball. Residents of Deerfield Beach hold public events on the beach year round, including festivals and parades. This city’s beaches are known as some of the cleanest in the state, and Deerfield prides itself on its reputation for pristine coastal water and landscapes.

11. Pompano Beach

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South of Palm Beach, Pompano Beach is best known for its world-class fishing and boating accessibility. With a fishing pier that’s over 1,000 feet long, this coastal city is ideal for angling enthusiasts, as well as families who want to try snorkeling or diving. The beachside playgrounds and inland parks are great for young kids.

12. Highland Beach

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Less than an hour’s drive south of Palm Beach, Highland Beach is a peaceful city built on a narrow strip of land surrounded by Florida’s coastal waters. Highland beach’s population doubles each winter when residents of areas further north come to wile away the colder months surrounded by the city’s lush palms – so book your vacation rental early to avoid the rush.